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Psalm 12Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 12

Oppression by the Wicked

For the choir director: according to Sheminith. A Davidic psalm.

Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains;
the loyal have disappeared from the human race.
They lie to one another;
they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips
and the tongue that speaks boastfully.
They say, “Through our tongues we have power;[a]
our lips are our own—who can be our master?”

“Because of the oppression of the afflicted
and the groaning of the poor,
I will now rise up,” says the Lord.
“I will put the one who longs for it in a safe place.”

The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times.

You, Lord, will guard us;[b]
You will protect us[c] from this generation forever.
The wicked wander[d] everywhere,
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 12:4 Lit That say, “By our tongues we are strengthened
  2. Psalm 12:7 Some Hb mss, LXX, Jer; other Hb mss read them
  3. Psalm 12:7 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read him
  4. Psalm 12:8 Lit walk about
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